Kilinochchi pays tribute to Pararajasingham
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 28 December 2005, 12:43 GMT]
"It is the occupying Sri Lankan forces that have unleashed violence on the Tamil people. Destructive effects of such crimes will likely boomerang on the Sinhala armed forces. The Sri Lankan Government is solely responsible for controlling its armed forces to bring back normalcy," said the Liberation Tigers' Political Head, Mr.S. P. Thamilchelvan, addressing the mourners who gathered to pay tribute to the slain TNA MP, Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, at the Kilinochchi Cultural Hall Wedesday morning.
LTTE Political Head and CWC, UPF, WPPF leaders in the prcession
S.P.Thamilchelvan addressing the mourners in Kilinochchi
CWC leader Thondaman paying tribute with garland
UPF leader Chandrasekaran paying tribute with garland
Western Province Peoples Front leader Mano Ganesan paying tribute to Pararajasingham
"The Sinhala nation must realize that the Tamils' thirst for freedom cannot be extinguished by killing Tamil intellectuals and honorable leaders. The representatives of the Tamil people who have gathered here today will send a clear message to Colombo," Mr Thamilchelvan added.
The three leaders of the upcountry Tamils, Arumugam Thondaman, Periyasamy Chandrasekaran, and Mano Ganesan joined several TNA parliamentarians and delivered eulogies at the event.
"Mr Pararajasingham served as a supreme political leader working resolutely to confront forces that attempted to destroy Tamil Nationalism. Tamil people across the world regarded him as an honest leader and his murder has angered and saddened all of us," Mr. Thamilchelvan said.
Residents of Kilinochchi, Tamil parliamentarians and officials of the Liberation Tigers assembled at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Kilinochchi Cultural Hall to pay tribute to Joseph Pararajasingham, senior member of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and a leading human rights advocate who was slain during Christmas mass Saturday.
His body dressed in white silk draped in flowers was kept for viewing during the ceremony.
The event was presided over by Fr Kanagaratnam, head of the North East Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR).
Mr Pararajasingham's body was taken to the Cultural Hall from near the Kilinochchi Central College with military parade of Liberation Tigers led by a marching band.
Mr Pararajasingham's children lit the flames of sacrifice while Mr. Thamilchelvan garlanded his body.
LTTE Northern Front Forces Commander Theepan paying tribute to slain MP
Commander Ramesh addressing the tribute event
LTTE Political Head S.P.Thamilchelvan paying tribute
The prcession towards Kilinochchi cultural centre
The procession towards Mullaithivu